A tour of the dale

I was due to deliver stock of cards and prints to some outlets further up Teesdale so yesterday, as the weather was so nice I thought I would take the opportunity to have a break from the studio, deliver the goods and at the same time have a look at the wildflower meadows which usually are at their peak at this time of year. Even though Swaledale is well known for these traditional haymeadows here in Teesdale there are some pretty good examples which in combination with the white painted houses of the Raby Estate make for rather good photographic subjects.

So here is a selection of the images from my trip around the dale.

Buttercup carpet, Aukside, Middleton in Teesdale

A carpet of Buttercups at Aukside near Middleton in Teesdale.

Tin roofed shed, Aukside, Middleton in Teesdale

A tin roofed shed, Aukside.

Red Clover and Bird's Foot Trefoil

Red Clover and Bird’s Foot Trefoil.

The lane to Birk Rigg, Teesdale

The lane to Birk Rigg

Laneside, Forest in Teesdale

Laneside under a summer sky

Knott Hill Teesdale

Sunshine and shadows, Forest in Teesdale

Golden meadows, Harwood, Teesdale

Fields of Gold, Harwood

Harwood Farm, Teesdale

Stony Hill Farm, Harwood.

Frog Hall, Harwood. Teesdale

Frog Hall pasture.

Sunning Snipe

Sunning Snipe.

Harwood meadows, Teesdale

Summer clouds over the dale.

Unthank Farm, Teesdale

The now derelict Unthank farm.

Hannah's Meadow, Teesdale

Hannah’s Meadow, a traditional haymeadow that once belonged to Hannah Hauxwell, which is now under the management of Durham Wildlife Trust.

Yellow Flag

Yellow Flags at Deepdale.

 It certainly was a great day to be out, not only the meadows in full bloom but plenty of birdlife to be seen as well. Teesdale is well worth a visit if you haven’t been.





  1. Love these photos, Andy. Your pictures are always lovely.

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